Our Signature AEDP for Couples
Intensive Training Course
With the Developer of AEDP for Couples
David Mars, MFT, PhD
& AEDP Institute Senior Faculty Member
Karen Pando-Mars, MFT.
What You Can Expect:
This course can equip you to reach beyond your own internal working model as a therapist. We help you expand your capacity to make use of somatic perception, reception and expression for optimizing transformative treatment.
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy for Couples (AEDPfC) is a powerful, somatically-oriented method with foundations in affective neuroscience and attachment theory.
Each morning you will learn new theory and skills through viewing actual couple sessions on video.
Each afternoon you will experience using these skills with realistic role-play couples. You'll be supported with expert moment-to-moment guidance from highly trained assistants in small groups.
See these short video clips to experience the unique power of AEDP for Couples and our revolutionary teaching method.
Learn an accelerated method for transforming the internal working model of couples and clients.
Identify and practice 3 ways to reduce defenses to build a secure base in treatment.
Learn how to regulate reactivity and dissociation in each couple member.
Recognize and use each of the Seven Channels of Experience: Sensation, Emotion, Energetic, Movement, Auditory, Visual and Imaginal.
Learn cutting edge methods for tailoring treatment to each couple member’s attachment style.
An affordable online follow-up of six two hour sessions over six months is also available.
This Hybrid Course will provide further training and supervision to integrate your new skills and capacities into your practice of treating both individuals and couples.
This extra training will qualify you for a Five Day AEDPfC Training Certificate.
Six therapists speak of their experience of our AEDPfC Intensive Course (2'17")
What is unique about AEDP for Couples? David Mars PhD and Karen Pando Mars MFT (3'27")
How affective neuroscience is a key component of AEDPfC. David Mars PhD and Karen Pando Mars MFT (2'08")
Karen-Pando Mars MFT introduces 'Tailoring Treatment to Attachment Styles' which is an element of the Intensive (0.49")
MEET THE FACULTY
David Mars, Ph.D., MFT
Senior Faculty Member at the AEDP Institute
(Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy)
David Mars, Ph.D. is the developer of AEDP For Couples. He has specialized in the somatically focused treatment of couples for four decades.
David has trained, supervised and co-consulted with Dr. Diana Fosha, the originator of AEDP since 2005.
David develops and presents training seminars and workshops nationally and internationally. He is the lead supervisor of the AEDP for Couples Core Training. He teaches at AEDP Immersion Courses, the Essential Skills Program and leads two ongoing AEDP for Couples supervision groups. He is one of the founders of AEDP West. David is also on the adjunct faculty of the California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco where he infused AEDP into his teaching of courses.
David’s style as a presenter is described as inspiring, warm and deeply personable. He quickly evokes trust from his audiences, which ushers in a deep level of transparent exchange of points of view about how therapists can more effectively treat the historical trauma and deprivation that underlies marital dysfunction. Perhaps most importantly, participants are moved to apply what they learn in these training programs, due to the depth of experience they take in while witnessing videos, live demonstrations and engaging in experiential practices.
Karen Pando-Mars, MFT
Karen Pando-Mars, MFT, brings a passionate interest in the attachment dynamics that facilitate deep and lasting connection between Self and Other. Her depth of presence is grounded in a well-honed skill-base, combined with her ability to "feel into” the struggles, strengths, fears and victories of her clients, supervisees and training participants. Karen has been married to the developer of AEDP-for-Couples, David Mars, since 1985. She says, “…the intentions and creative actions of practicing at home what we ask our couples to do in therapy is no small endeavor; it is the ultimate inspirational force in our lives together.”
Karen’s focus on relational, somatic and experiential work has been refined and elaborated in consultation with AEDP’s founder Diana Fosha since 2005. She is senior faculty member of the Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Institute and provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples and groups.
Since 2011, she has lead AEDP Essential and Advanced Skills courses and she is a co-faculty of AEDP for Couples courses, across the United States and internationally. Karen’s presence, candor and warmth in her teaching style are complimented by the organization and clarity with which she translates complex theory into user-friendly interventions. Videotapes of her clinical work are deeply moving and stimulating to psychotherapists learning how to cultivate the therapist use of self for transformational outcomes.
Karen's most recent publication "Tailoring AEDP interventions to attachment style,” 2016 Transformance Journal, 6 (2) is the basis for her upcoming book, which will be co-authored with Diana Fosha and published by Norton & Co.